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George Floyd’s brother leads a memorial service in Brooklyn

Demonstrators display a sign honoring George Floyd at Cadman Plaza Park. June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, held a memorial service in Brooklyn yesterday, where hundreds gathered to honor the lives of black women and men lost to police brutality.

The gathering at Cadman Plaza Park was also to call upon elected officials, some in attendance, to reassess NYPD policies that discriminate against minority communities.

Among the crowd, members of congress, local officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who gingerly took the stage to address the crowd despite an onslaught of boos and taunts.

Trying not to take away from the memorial, and presumably, to sidestep further verbal bombardment, the mayor kept his remarks brief.

Floyd was the last speaker of the day before the demonstrators marched over the Brooklyn Bridge. His remarks also brief, but emphasized a call to end the nightly destruction of businesses that has followed the protests.

“I am proud of the protests, but I am not proud of the destruction,” said Floyd.

People kneel in solidarity at a memorial for George Floyd, June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A woman brings flowers to the George Floyd memorial in Brooklyn, June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A demonstrator wears their sign at Cadman Plaza Park, June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the George Floyd memorial at Cadman Plaza Park, June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

Demonstrators raise their hands in solidarity at the George Floyd memorial, June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

A member of Alpha Phi Alpha at the George Floyd memorial, June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge

Terrence Floyd speaks at Cadman Plaza Park, June 4, 2020. Photo by Thomas Hengge